The New Wolsey Theatre Celebrates Summer With A Feast Of Performances And Activities For Families.

‘Swich ON Summer at the New Wolsey Theatre is a run of family-friendly events (mostly free) taking place in and around the newly refurbished Theatre Square in Ipswich – and you’re all invited! The Lion Inside Photo credit Alex Genn-Bash

As the New Wolsey approaches its third weekend of ‘Swich ON Summer (Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August) we’ve got a thrilling run down on their LIVE shows and events to share with you:

Get Happy’ is a FREE stage production and it’s a spectacular mix of physical comedy, live music, acrobatics, silly dancing and audience interaction. The show will be running six times over the weekend. Please check times of shows at 

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

‘Nittwits’ is also a FREE show for families and inspired by the antics of Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, Mr Bean and commedia dell’ arte, Nittwits is an unashamedly light-hearted celebration of slapstick and knockabout comedy. This hilarious show will be running on Saturday and Sunday so please check showtimes 

‘Dark Sky Reserves’ – An incredible cosmic experience! Step out of the hurly-burly of Theatre Square and enter the auditorium to contemplate the night-time and cosmos with your own set of headphones. Dark Sky Reserves are protected spaces in the night sky, free of artificial light pollution, designed to allow human beings to enjoy, reflect upon and explore our nocturnal environment. Explore your creative themes including the night-time, dreams, sleep and the cosmos, and worked with professional playwright and poet, James McDermott. This workshop event is free but please book you place here (Sunday only) : 

‘The Lion Inside’ Based on the award-winning book by Rachel Bright and Jim Field, LAStheatre present The Lion Inside for everyone aged 3+. A story about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out to find his roar. This is a FREE show on Sunday 1 August – please check the website for showtimes 

The fourth and final weekend of ‘Swich ON Summer makes for a great date in everyone’s diary as the New Wolsey presents:

‘babies’ an award-winning production fuelled with blasting energy of future musical theatre stars, babies is a new comedy, bonkers pop-rock musical about what happens when you’re forced to be a child and an adult all at once. Live shows are on Friday evening and Saturday day and evening. Tickets are on sale here (£14): 

Strong Enough’ is a powerful celebration of finding strength in unexpected places. A circus Strong Lady will enthrall you with the stories she has collected from ordinary people about a time when they were strong – and the soundtrack is wonderfully peppered with their voices. through circus skills, feats of strength and storytelling we revel in the ways that strength is built when we are at our edge. This is a FREE show and times and more information are available here: 

‘Pagan Pandemonium’ A bonkers and surreal game show featuring local history and lost traditions. Watch two local teams go head-to-head as they dance, sing and welcome in the future. With a live band, techno Morris dancing, a wrestling straw bear and a singing standing stone; join Seamas Carey as he celebrates the communal joy and asks what happens when such a thing is lost? This a FREE show and you’re welcome to just turn up and join in the fun! Times and more information here: 

The New Wolsey have also reopened their doors to their new café bar which will be open over both weekends selling delicious light bites and drinks.

For more information about the ‘Swich ON Summer programme:

Sarah Holmes, CEO of The New Wolsey Theatre says:

‘We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved in transforming the outdoor space in front of the New Wolsey Theatre.  Thanks to our funding partners and supporters, we’ve been able to create a unique performance space into which we are welcoming artists and audiences.  Our summer programme is accessible, family-friendly, diverse and full of extraordinary artists: everything the New Wolsey Theatre stands for.  We hope local people will come along to see what we’ve done with the place and have a great time seeing live performance again!’ 

We are hosting these events in line with current Government Covid guidelines and as a special precaution will continue workplace testing for our artists and staff, and we will continue to support and encourage mask wearing indoors, while recognising this will be a personal choice. We will also continue our enhanced Covid cleaning regime inside the auditorium and all public spaces, as well as our flexible ticket refund policy. Our first performance in a non-socially distanced auditorium will be  ‘babies’ on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August.  Our Autumn Season will be sold in a non-socially distanced auditorium.  

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